VEVEY, SWITZERLAND – Nestle S.A. has announced a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and seven other companies to support the use of plastics derived from plant materials. The Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance also includes the The Coca-Cola Co., Groupe Danone S.A., The Ford Motor Co., The H.J. Heinz Co., Nike, Inc., Procter & Gamble and Unilever.

The alliance aims to guide the selection of sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based products and the harvesting of agricultural materials, such as sugar cane, corn, bulrush and switchgrass, used to make bioplastics.

“Joining the alliance means we will be able to help build a more sustainable future for the bioplastics industry whilst addressing issues such as land use, food security and biodiversity,” said Anne Roulin, global research and development sustainability manager for Nestle.

Nestle already uses bioplastics made from sugar cane and other plant-based material for some of its products, including Vittel bottled water. The company said it is interested in second-generation bioplastics made from byproducts of forestry, agriculture or the food chain, such as molasses or cane residue, or non-food sources such as algae, cellulose and waste products.